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    OCC Report on Key Risks for the Federal Banking System

    January 18, 2018

    OCC published its report titled Semiannual Risk Perspective for Fall 2017. The report highlights credit, operational, and compliance risks as key concerns for the federal banking system. It covers risks facing national banks and federal savings associations, based on data as of June 30, 2017. OCC publishes the report twice a year, drawing on midyear and year-end data.

    The report presents data in four main areas: the operating environment, bank performance, trends in key risks, and supervisory actions. It focuses on issues that pose threats to those financial institutions regulated by the OCC and is intended as a resource to the industry, examiners, and the public. Highlights from the report include the following:

    • Credit environment continues to be influenced by aggressive competition, tighter spreads, and slowing loan growth. These factors are driving incremental easing in underwriting practices and increasing concentrations in select loan portfolios—leading to heightened risk if the economy weakens or markets tighten quickly.
    • Operational risk continues to challenge banks because of increasing complexity of cybersecurity threats, use of third-party service providers, and increasing concentrations in third-party service providers for some critical operations.
    • Compliance risk remains elevated as banks continue to manage money laundering risks and consumer compliance risks, particularly due to the increasing complexity in consumer compliance regulations.

     

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    Keywords: Americas, US, Banking, Credit Risk, Operational Risk, Money Laundering, OCC

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